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AN INCOMPLETE GENEALOGY 

OF 

THE FOWLER FAMILY 




Copyright 1913 

By 
H. Alfred Fowler 



1913 

KANSAS CITY 
H. ALFRED FOWLER 



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HARRY TURTON FOWLER (87). 



Preface. 

This will certainly be an incomplete genealogy, if indeed 
it may be called a genealogy at all. So far the work of 
carrying on the research has been very slow — so slow, in 
fact, that the brief knowledge contained herein represents 
the full result obtained by something like three years of slow 
but steady progress. 

This work is intended merely as a preliminary word 
upon the subject — to awaken interest among those who 
should be interested and to place the material already gath- 
ered before them in tangible form for additions and correc- 
tions. It is to be hoped that everyone knowing of any 
additions or corrections will immediately get into communi- 
cation with the writer. 

I shall hope to go on with the work and, at a later date, 
present a volume incorporating all information that may be 
contained herein and, in addition, giving all corrections and 
additions which may come to my notice. Then, too, I hope 
to gather information concerning our earlier ancestors of 
whom our present knowledge is absolutely nil. 

Our family does not seem to have been a vain people 
proud of a long line of illustrious ancestors to whom we 
might or might not have just claim — and so we do not find 
pretentious genealogies upon the subject. The Library of 
Congress, in Washington, contains but four books (1911) 
upon the subject of Fowler Genealogy, and that is indeed a 
trifling number in comparison to some of the similar works 
with which I there came into contact. 




MRS. H. T. FOWLER. 



I attributed the lack of interest in our family history 
upon the part of our ancestors to a lack of vanity and so I 
stand self-accused of the fault of Narcissus — I only trust that 
my glances into the placid mirror of the Past will disclose 
facts that will as thoroughly justify my vanity as his was 
justified. 

And now a word in regard to the vanity of a genealogy: 
that term may be and has often been applied to such family 
records — but not always justly. Is it vanity to record the 
good deeds done by those who have borne our name before 
us? Is it more of a vanity than the historian expresses for 
a whole nation when he compiles his enormous tomes of 
history? I think not — and yet if the argument prevail I can 
but hope that vanity may flourish to this extent in our fam- 
ily—that it may be more in evidence hereafter than hereto- 
fore, leading to an occasional revision and publication of our 
family history. 

I want to again emphasize the fact that this little book 
is a merely preliminary work upon the subject and that I 
hope to go on with the work, carrying back the trace of 
ancestry of our family as far as possible and at some future 
time compiling a more complete history upon the subject. I 
want to ask the co-operation of everyone interested — to in- 
form me of any additions or corrections hereto — for the work 
is one in which we should all have an interest. 

And so with this brief explanation, apology if you will, 
we shall proceed to our subject. 

H. ALFRED FOWLER. 

Address : 

3 East Armour Boulevard, 
Kansas City, Missouri, U. S. A. 




ELEAZAR TALBOT FOWLER (59). 



I. 

The name of Fowler is essentially one of Anglican 
origin, probably being originally derived from an office held 
by one of our earliest progenitors in "Sunnye Englaunde" — 
the office of fowler, i. e., one in charge of the fowls or falcons 
in the days when falconry was a noble pastime. 

It recalls visions of the King and his retinue riding forth 
at dawn to the chase. Forth from the turreted castle, over 
the drawbridge spanning the glistening moat, and, hesitating 
upon the greensward as the portcullis clatters down, with 
bonnets doffed bidding a fond farewell to the ladies gathered 
at a strategic point upon the battlements, rides the merry 
company. 

The procession is indeed a fair one to view; the King 
and his courtiers, gaily clad and mounted upon prancing 
steeds, enter the green glade in long file. The hooded 
falcons, perched upon their keeper's wrists, pluck up their 
shining plumage and await their liberty to soar away in 
search of their prey. The sleek hounds tug impatiently at 
their leashes and as eagerly await the trumpet's blare to dart 
swiftly away in search of sly Reynard or the gentle hart. 

And here we have the first view of our falconer, or 
fowler, as the King calls, "What ho! Falconer (or Fowler) 
unhood the varlet! Yonder sails his prey!" and the released 
bird sails skyward to truss his victim. 

But this is not to be a genealogy of fiction nor, forsooth, 
shall we endeavor to ascribe our ancestry to some member 
of valiant King Arthur's court — we must rather restrict our- 
selves to more concrete and possible characters. The first 
instance recorded in English history concerning a Fowler is 
that of Rychard Fowler under Richard Coeur de Lion upon 
one of the Crusades. 

The Christian camp slept peacefully, the sentinels paced 



slowly and vigilantly to and fro — but there was one point 
where the sentinel also slept, with a dagger in his heart, and 
the camp was in great danger. 

Then, we are told, Rychard Fowler, restless and having 
taken it upon himself to add to the vigilance of the guards, 
finds the slain sentinel and arouses the camp in time to save 
it from the murderous attack planned by the Saracens and 
which must have resulted in its complete destruction. And 
there, upon the field, the Lion Heart dubbed the vigilant one 
Knight — Sir Rychard Fowler. 

Of course the tale is legendary and has undoubtedly en- 
joyed many and various embellishments, as do all fireside 
tales, but that there is much truth in it is attested by the 
arms borne by one branch of the family in England at the 
present time, their crest being an owl upholding a cross, the 
motto reading, "Sapiens qui vigilat." 

The chaotic early days of settlement in America followed 
by the turbulent Colonial times were not conducive to the 
recording of family history. Government records were but 
carelessly made and less carefully kept, the records of Revo- 
lutionary and earlier times divulging but little of value. The 
frequent ravages of fire in public buildings has caused the 
total loss of many of the records such as were kept, making 
research work all the more difficult. 

And so, up to the present time, we have no definite or 
authentic information concerning even the earliest ancestors 
in America of our particular branch of the Fowler family. 
The vicissitudes undergone by the early members of the 
family, in conspiracy with existing conditions which have 
already been explained as being very unfavorable to the 
making and preservation of family records, seem to have all 
combined to keep the facts from us. 

An impression exists that the father of the nine children 
(numbers 1 to 9 in the table), whose name we do not know, 

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SOPHIA FOWLER (40). 



was one of two brothers who had come from England, the 
one to settle in Maryland, founding our particular branch of 
the family, and the other in Connecticut. This impression is, 
however, not substantiated by the research carried on by 
members of the family in Connecticut. 

Then we must, for the present, rest content to base our 
calculations upon the nine brothers and sisters whose parents 
we as yet know nothing about. 

m. 

The accompanying table and diagram will serve to pre- 
sent, in condensed form, all of the actual knowledge obtained 
by the author as the result of his research. Although the 
system employed may, at first glance, seem rather complex, 
the wealth of statistical information that may be given there- 
by, in a small space, will probably justify the intricacy — the 
details being really easily grasped. 

In the table the following arrangement is invariably em- 
ployed: The serial number is given first; the name of the 
person follows; the reference to the person's parentage im- 
mediately follows the name, being enclosed with parentheses; 
these are in turn followed by dates and particulars as far as 
possible concerning birth, marriage, and death, which are, 
again in turn, followed by particulars concerning issue, only 
in as far as the name FOWLER is concerned. In describing 
the issue the child's Christian name or names are given and 
are immediately followed by a number — reference to which 
number as a serial number will give further details with ref- 
erence to the person. 

For example, we will suppose that James Turton Fowler, 
the youngest member of our family at this date, desires to 
trace his ancestry as far as this work makes it possible to do 
so. By reference to the table we find that his parentage is 
91; reference to 91 shows his parentage to be 59; reference, 

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in turn, to that number gives 23, and another reference to 
the given number gives 6 — and as we do not, at present, 
know the particulars concerning the parentage of the first 
nine persons given in the table we can carry the descent no 
farther. His ancestry has, however, been determined as far 
as possible and may be described as 114, 91, 59, 23 and 6. 

Determination of these numbers may be arrived at by 
the employment of either the table or diagram — both of them 
presenting the facts in tangible form. The biographical sta- 
tistics are more clearly shown by reference to the table, 
whereas the diagram shows at once the branch of the family 
to which the person belongs and gives a better view of the 
general relationship with other members of the family. Issue 
other than that of direct descent, bearing the surname 
Fowler, does not receive consideration either in the table or 
upon the diagram. 

III. 

1. Susan Fowler (?) married I. Ireland, died 1869. 

2. William Fowler (?) married Miss Taneyhill; issue- 
Cornelius (10), Lorenna (11), Annie (12), Elizabeth 
(13), Joseph O. (14), John W. (15), and Samuel (16). 

3. Joseph Fowler (?) born 1788, not married, died 1850. 

4. Sarah Fowler (?) born 1783, married Thomas Greeves, 
died 16 March 1871. 

5. Abraham Fowler (?) married Miss Stamp; issue — Bar- 
bara (17). 

6. Samuel Fowler (?) married Margaret Selby, 2 Feb- 
ruary 1798, died 1813; issue — John D. (18), James W. 
(19), Joseph (20), Elizabeth Ryan (21), Margaret (22), 
and Samuel (23). 

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7. Wilhelmina Fowler (?) married William Heron. 

8. Mary Margaret Fowler (?) born 1780, married first, 
Mr. Wells, second, Cherubim Dufief, died 1865. 

9. Priscilla Fowler (?). 

10. Cornelius Fowler (2) married Anna Howes; issue — 
William C. (24), John W. (25), Samuel (26), Mary 
(27), Hannah (28), Emma (29), Annie (30), Ellen 
(31), Charles J. (32), Benjamin (33), Hettie (34), and 
Jane (35). 

11. Lorenna Fowler (2) married Joseph Deal. 

12. Annie Fowler (2) married J. W. Dowell. 

13. Elizabeth Fowler (2) married, first, Nelson Atwell, 
second, John Drury. 

14. Joseph O. Fowler (2) born 1810, married Mary Birck- 
head, died 1878; issue— Sarah H. (36), William R. 
(37), Joseph O., Jr. (38). 

15. John W. Fowler (2) married, first, Eliza Wood, second, 
Priscilla Sunderland, died 1849; issue — by first wife, 
John W., Jr. (39), Sophia (40); by second wife, Mor- 
decai (41), Annie E. (42), Martha P. (43), and Mary 
(44). 

16. Samuel Fowler (2) born August 1814, married Mary 
Ann Eastwood, October 1838, died 1871 ; issue — Sarah 
Hannah (45), John William (46), Ann Elizabeth (47), 
Mary Louise (48), Amanda Jane (49), Susan Helen 
(50), and Henry C. (51). 

17. Barbara Fowler (5) born 1809, married Henry Hurley, 
1830, died 1832. 

18. John D. Fowler (6); issue— Joseph S. (52). 

19. James W. Fowler (6) married Margaret Rhodes La- 
velle; issue — Samuel Bennett (53), Mary Jane (54), 
and John Wesley (55). 

20. Joseph Fowler (6). 

21. Elizabeth Ryan Fowler (6). 

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22. Margaret Fowler (6). 

23. Samuel Fowler (6) married, first, Margaret Noilinder 
Perrie, second, Margaret A. Talbot, 26 November 1833, 
died 1844; issue — by first wife, Anna Maria (56), Mar- 
garet Elizabeth (57) ; by second wife, Samuel (58), 
Eleazar Talbot (59), James Carter (60), and Virginia 
Louise (61). 

24. William C. Fowler (10) married Miss Lane. 

25. John W. Fowler (10) married Miss Ward. 

26. Samuel Fowler (10). 

27. Mary Fowler (10) married Fletcher Lane. 

28. Hannah Fowler (10) married Joseph Sunderland. 

29. Emma Fowler (10). 

30. Annie Fowler (10) married Robert Birckhead. 

31. Ellen Fowler (10). 

32. Charles J. Fowler (10). 

33. Benjamin Fowler (10). 

34. Hettie Fowler (10). 

35. Jane Fowler (10). 

36. Sarah Hannah Fowler (14) born 1837, married J. G. 
Hollins, died 1883. 

37. William R. Fowler (14) born 20 October 1839, married 
Mary J. Tayman; issue — E. Ida (62), Albert L. (63), 
Joseph Morse (64), and William R., Jr. (65). 

38. Joseph O. Fowler, Jr., (14) born 1841, married Katie 
Leitch; issue— C. Edwin (66), Edith (67), Katie (68), 
Joseph O. (69), and James Gary (70). 

39. John W. Fowler, Jr., (15) died 1863. 

40. Sophia Fowler (15) married George C. B. Mitchell, 
died 1862. 

41. Mordecai Fowler (15) born 1837, married Miss Dugan, 
died January 1909. 

42. Annie E. Fowler (15) born August 1839, married J. 
Wells Herbert. 

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43. Martha P. Fowler (15) married Andrew Hepburn, died 
1869. 

44. Mary Fowler (15) born 1849, married L. Leroy Chaney. 

45. Sarah Hannah Fowler (16) born 1839, married Charles 
C. Rainwater, 16 September 1858. 

46. John William Fowler (16) born 1842, married Fannie 
P. Via, 1862, died 1906; issue— Mamie G. (71). 

47. Ann Elizabeth Fowler (16) born 1844. 

48. Mary Louise Fowler (16) born 1845. 

49. Amanda Jane Fowler (16) born 1848, died 1873. 

50. Susan Helen Fowler (16) born 1850. 

51. Henry Cornelius Fowler (16) born 1853, married Susan 
Conrades, 1871; issue — Minnie E. (72), Carrie (73), 
John Samuel (74), Henry Cornelius, Jr. (75), and 
Fannie H. (76). 

52. Joseph S. Fowler (18). 

53. Samuel Bennett Fowler (19) married Virginia Rawl- 
ings; issue — James Wesley (77), Mary Emma (78), 
Margaret Jane (79), Ella Virginia (80), and Samuel 
Bennett, Jr. (81). 

54. Mary Jane Fowler (19) married, first, Richard Turton, 
second, Theodore Sheckles. 

55. John Wesley Fowler (19) married Hattie Treat; issue — 
Belle Everett (82), Jessie Lindsay (83), Margaret (84). 

56. Ann Maria Fowler (23) married Robert W. Stevens, 
9 March 1848, died 5 May 1898. 

57. Margaret Elizabeth Fowler (23) born 1832, married 
Thomas Truman Monroe, December 1852, died 24 Jan- 
uary 1864. 

58. Samuel Fowler (23). 

59. Eleazar Talbot Fowler (23) born 31 October 1834, 
married Margaret Elizabeth McKoon, 6 December 1858, 
died 21 November 1910; issue — Linn McKoon (85), 
Leavenworth (86), Harry Turton (87), James Carter 

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(88), Talbot Augustin (89), Edward Sullivan (90), 
and Joseph (91). 

60. James Carter Fowler (23) born 15 March 1837, mar- 
ried, first, Margaret Miller, second, Sue Ann Towles, 1 
January 1866, died 12 June 1869. 

61. Virginia Louise Fowler (23) born 9 September 1839, 
married George W. Connell, 25 June 1861, died 20 Jan- 
uary 1870. 

62. E. Ida Fowler (37) born 28 January 1867, married C. 
A. Hanes. 

63. Albert L. Fowler (37) died 1865. 

64. Joseph Morse Fowler (37) died 1870. 

65. William R. Fowler, Jr., (37) born 15 November 1876, 
died 12 May 1910. 

66. C. Edwin Fowler (38) married Ida Stumpf; issue — 
Edwin C. (92) and Ida (93). 

67. Edith Fowler (38) married Edward Jones. 

68. Katie Fowler (38) married Thomas Barrows. 

69. Joseph O. Fowler (38) married Elizabeth C. Duvall; 
issue — Joseph Cruse (94). 

70. James Gary Fowler (38) married Mary Miller; issue — 
James Gary, Jr. (95), Joseph O. (96), Marion (97), 
Mary (98), David (99), Albert (100), and Robert (101). 

71. Mamie G. Fowler (46) born 1863, married Richard 
Shadburne. 

72. Minnie E. Fowler (51). 

73. Carrie Fowler (51). 

74. John Samuel Fowler (51). 

75 Henry Cornelius Fowler, Jr. (51). 

76. Fannie H. Fowler (51). 

77. James Wesley Fowler (53) married Fannie Brady; 
issue — Warren (102), Virginia (103), Bessie (104), 
Rosa May (105), Emma Samuel (106), Ella (107), 
Ruth (108), James Herbert (109), and Wills (110). 

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78. Mary Emma Fowler (53) married Richard H. Cross. 

79. Margaret Jane Fowler (53) married John L. Cross. 

80. Ella Virginia Fowler (53) married John L. Cross. 

81. Samuel Bennett Fowler, Jr. (53). 

82. Belle Everett Fowler (55). 

83. Jessie Lindsay Fowler (55). 

84. Margaret Fowler (55). 

85. Linn McKoon Fowler (59) born 9 March 1861, died 
16 January 1877. 

86. Leavenworth Fowler (59) born 10 August 1863, mar- 
ried Maude Mitchell, May 1895. 

87. Harry Turton Fowler (59) born 11 June 1866, married 
Anna St. Louis, 5 March 1889; issue — Harry Alfred 
(111), Clarence Edmund (112), and Berenice Edna 
(113). 

88. James Carter Fowler (59) born 5 February 1869, mar- 
ried Clara Belle Thiebaud, 6 November 1894. 

89. Talbot Augustin Fowler (59) born 9 September 1872, 
married Emma McCrary, 14 January 1896. 

90. Edward Sullivan Fowler (59) born 31 October 1873, 
died 6 June 1876. 

91. Joseph Fowler (59) born 30 May 1882, married Sallie 
M. Trayser, 30 September 1908; issue — James Turton 
(114). 

92. Edwin C. Fowler (66). 

93. Ida Fowler (66). 

94. Joseph Cruse Fowler (69). 

95. James Gary Fowler, Jr. (70). 

96. Joseph O. Fowler (70). 

97. Marion Fowler (70). 

98. Mary Fowler (70). 

99. David Fowler (70). 

100. Albert Fowler (70). 

101. Robert Fowler (70). 

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102. Warren Fowler (77). 

103. Virginia Fowler (77). 

104. Bessie Fowler (77). 

105. Rosa May Fowler (77). 

106. Emma Samuel Fowler (77). 

107. Ella Fowler (77). 

108. Ruth Fowler (77). 

109. James Herbert Fowler (77). 

110. Wills Fowler (77). 

111. Harry Alfred Fowler (87) born 1 December 1889. 

112. Clarence Edmund Fowler (87) born 4 July 1896. 

113. Berenice Fowler (87) born 25 April 1899. 

114. James Turton Fowler (91) born 16 January 1912. 

IV. 

As well as suffering from a lack of statistical records 
our family history seems barren of the many biographical 
stories with which a genealogist is supposed to deal. There 
are, however, two little "side-lights" upon our family history 
which may prove of some interest; the first being legendary, 
as investigation has proved, but the last being thoroughly 
authentic. 

The earliest of our ancestors of which we now have 
record were found in Prince George County and in Calvert 
County, Maryland. The legend goes that one of the Fowlers 
owned, at one time, the present site of the Capitol in Wash- 
ington. There is no confirmation of this to be had, how- 
ever, and the chief bibliographer of the Library of Congress 
makes the following report with reference to the question: 

"According to George C. Hazelton's 'The National Cap- 
itol: Its Architecture, Art, and History' (New York, 1902), 
page 8, the site selected for the Capitol was upon the Cern 
or Cerve Abby Manor, owned by Daniel Carroll. Brief 

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JAMES TURTON FOWLER (114). 



sketches of Carroll will be found in Appleton's Cyclopaedia 
of American Biography and the other principal American 
biographical dictionaries. Daniel Carroll was a prominent 
member of the Maryland family of that name. The Library 
of Congress has a 'View of the City of Washington in 1792' 
which shows the limits of Abbey Manor. We have no fur- 
ther information concerning any previous ownership of this 
land." 

Miss Mary Louise Hurley is responsible for the authen- 
tic story. It seems that the Fowlers in Washington were in 
financial straits during Andrew Jackson's occupancy of the 
White House and Mary Margaret Fowler (8) found employ- 
ment there as seamstress. Day after day she sewed at the 
Executive Mansion, always working seated upon one par- 
ticular seat, a sort of window bench. One day the President 
came in and asked of her, "Miss Margaret, why do you al- 
ways sit upon that same seat?" She told him that she sat 
there because she could get such a fine view of the river, 
and when she had finished with her work that evening the 
President gave her the seat, which is now in Miss Hurley's 
possession and is highly prized by her. 

Joseph Fowler (3) is one of the few of our early pro- 
genitors of whom we have any knowledge, even though that 
knowledge is extremely limited. He was reputed to be very 
wealthy — his fortune being variously estimated at from 
$360,000 to $5,000,000. He found employment in a store in 
Marlborough, Maryland, lived in Baltimore awhile, and then 
went to New Orleans, where he built and owned a large 
hotel, the St. Charles, which was a famous one there in its 
day. He also purchased a large tract of land in Monroe 
County, Iowa. 

Traveling by boat from New Orleans, he died just be- 
fore landing at New York. The records of Oak Hill Ceme- 
tery, Washington, show that he was interred there 10 Sep- 

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tember 1852, but his death must have actually occurred a 
year or two before that. He remained single, and the one 
date of his interment is the only exact date we have con- 
cerning him. 

William R. Fowler (37) says, in connection with Joseph 
Fowler : "Joseph Fowler, the New Orleans millionaire, was 
a man of great financial ability and foresight to have amassed 
such a fortune in such a short life, comparatively. My grand- 
father was instrumental in his education (being an older 
brother) and my father was named after him. His foresight 
induced him to purchase many thousand acres of land from 
the Government in the state of Iowa, at that time a territory, 
I believe. This land, of course, fell to the heirs, my father 
receiving for his share some four hundred acres in Lucas 
County. 

"My father went to Iowa to see the land, purposing to 
move there if all suited, about 1852. At that time there was 
no railroad west of the Ohio river, the Baltimore & Ohio 
starting at Baltimore and going only as far as Wheeling, 
West Virginia. The only method of going farther was by 
boat down the Ohio to the Mississippi and up that river to 
St. Louis — this route he followed and proceeded from St. 
Louis by stage to the home of his brother Samuel at Cole 
Camp, Benton County, Missouri.. A cousin, J. W. Greeves 
of Washington, accompanied him on the trip, and then the 
two with the brother rode horseback to the center of Iowa. 
Although they endured many hardships upon the journey, 
they found the country a rich one, and he would have moved 
there had my mother been willing. Had not the Civil War 
occurred just at this time the land would have been of great 
value to the heirs, but it retarded all emigration for years 
and there was practically no demand for it, so that it was 
sold off at a low price generally and some was given up for 
taxes." 

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Samuel Fowler (23) a resident of Prince George County, 
Maryland, living near Nottingham, was in comfortable cir- 
cumstances. But political business — he was for years Sheriff 
of the County — in combination with the turbulent state of 
financial affairs at that time contrived his death and impover- 
ishment. But very unsatisfactory information is available 
concerning his dates. Samuel Fowler married, first, Mar- 
garet Noilinder Perrie, and second, Margaret A. Talbot; by 
the first marriage there were two children, and by the second 
four. 

The records of Prince George County, at Upper Marl- 
borough, the county seat, divulge some rather interesting old 
customs in bequests in the shape of a will left by Eleazar 
Talbot, the father of Margaret A. Talbot, the second wife of 
Samuel Fowler. Among other provisions of the will appears 
the following: "Item. I will and bequeath to my daughter, 
Margaret A. Fowler, my negro man Mark and my negro 
woman Charlotte and her three children, Dennis, Charles 
and Margaret Ann, as well as any increase from the same, 
to her and her heirs forever." Margaret A. Fowler is named 
as one of the executors of this will (Liber P. C. 1, folio 482, 
Will Records of Prince George County), which right and 
office she renounced on 22 March 1852. 

William R. Fowler (37) of Baltimore is the possessor 
of many patents granted by the United States Government 
for various useful mechanical devices of which he is the in- 
ventor. He attended Roanoke College, Roanoke, Virginia, 
and holds a Franklin Institute certificate of merit for a 
cloth-cutting machine as well as other awards of merit by 
the Maryland Institute and Maryland Mechanical and Agri- 
cultural Association. His daughter, E. Ida Fowler Hanes 
(62), is an amateur artist and musician, being a student of 
the Conservatory of Music, Philadelphia. 

Eleazer Talbot Fowler (59) was a graduate of Dickin- 

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son College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his brother and 
sister left Maryland for the West, settling first at La Grange, 
Missouri, Eleazar Talbot Fowler later moving to Stanton, 
Kansas, finally making his abode in Paola, Kansas, where he 
resided up to the time of his death. 

His son, Harry Turton Fowler (87), the writer's father, 
early left the "home town" after his marriage to Anna St. 
Louis, going to Kansas City and there engaging in commer- 
cial lines with good success. And it is, in no small measure, 
due to his patronage that this research into our family his- 
tory has been made possible. 

And now, after what has been recorded herewith, we 
find our record complete as far as our present information 
will permit of its being set down. All too brief it is — not 
only as far as actual statistics are concerned, but also with 
reference to the early history of our family here in America 
and the consequent biographical details that would be found 
with such history. 

Joseph O. Fowler, Jr. (38), has in his possession a check 
drawn payable to his grandfather, William Fowler (2), at 
the Farmers' Bank of Maryland, an old institution, dated 
1814, signed "N. Bowen, Paymaster 23d Regiment." There 
was also a Lieutenant Fowler commended for bravery in the 
battle of North Point, but as his Christian name is not re- 
corded it is quite impossible to place him. The William 
Fowler above mentioned probably served only with the 
guards for home defense. 

A thorough search of "The Historical Register of the 
Officers of the Continental Army," by F. B. Heitman (Wash- 
ington, 1893), "Records of the Revolutionary War," by W. 
T. R. Saffell (Baltimore, 1894), and of "A Report from the 
Secretary of War in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate 
of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and 3d of March, 1835, in 
Relation to Pension Establishment in the United States" 

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(Washington, 1835) fails to find even mention of any of our 
family, whereas many by the name of Fowler are mentioned 
in the lists from Connecticut and Virginia. 

All of which would lead us to the conclusion that our 
ancestors settled in Maryland some time between the close 
of the Revolutionary War and the first decade of the nine- 
teenth century instead of being original provincial settlers 
there, presumably going there from either Connecticut for 
Virginia. 

Another calculation, however, almost eliminates the pos- 
sibility of their coming from Virginia. "Annals of the 
Fowler Family," by Mrs. Glenn Dora Fowler Arthur (Aus- 
tin, Texas, 1901), gives a very complete genealogy of the 
family in Virginia, and in no case does it record the emigra- 
tion of any of the family to Maryland. And as the oldest 
line of Fowlers originally settled in Connecticut — Virginia 
entered the calculations merely because of its proximity and 
the co-operation of their forces (those of Virginia and Mary- 
land) during the war — it is but reasonable to think the line a 
branch of the family from that state (Connecticut). 

And again, in conclusion, the writer wishes to emphasize 
the importance of the fact that this work of a genealogy of 
our family should be carried further as well as the fact that 
the writer will be at work at once upon a larger volume 
upon the subject. It is hoped that the present work may 
prove of some little interest to those who have already so 
kindly given their help and that it will but lead to more 
interest being taken in the subject; everyone interested or 
possessing useful information is urged to communicate with 
the writer. 

And so the writer would again thank everyone who has 
so kindly assisted with the work and hopes that this effort 
may prove an interesting token of his appreciation as well as 
a means of awakening future enthusiasm. 

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